Since Rozanne Hermelyn Di Silvestro can remember, she has painted, drawn and followed her passion for the arts. After growing up in Los Angeles, Rozanne attended UCLA and Art Center College of Design, receiving a BA in design and BFA in graphic and package design with distinction. Rozanne moved to San Francisco to begin her career and within 5 years became owner of Arc & Line Communications and taught classes at the Academy of Art University. After twenty years of a successful design business, Rozanne transitioned toward her first love of fine art. Her artwork was awarded Best of Show in the Yosemite Renaissance XXIII exhibit, Best of Show in Politics (Not) as Usual exhibit, 1st and 3rd place in the Pacific Prints exhibits, and 1st place in the Beyond Cancer exhibit. Rozanne’s work was also selected into the permanent collection of the Library of Congress, Charles Krause Reporting Fine Art in Washington D.C. and Bank Street Arts Gallery in the U.K.
The power of the visual message has always intrigued me. My art invites the viewer to start a conversation, express ideas and explore social issues in hopes of affecting positive change. I am interested in exposing the connections and struggles between self, society, and nature. By acknowledging our earth’s value, I hope to communicate the importance of balancing the current dissonance between human society and the natural world.
I have a special romance with monotype printmaking. I continue to return to the technique over and over again. Some say the monotype technique “liberated” Degas, I also feel as though it has liberated me. It allows my work to transform by freeing my mark making to endless exploration and the possibilities of abstraction. Each movement and emotion of every mark I make is recorded so there is no hiding once I start. The uncomfortable space is enlightening and very addicting. It challenges me to see, feel and expose my subject as well as myself. I draw and paint freely on a smooth plate by adding and subtracting oil inks and then printing the image onto damp paper using an etching press. Monotype also reflects my resistance to duplication and my fight for individualism, as an identical twin.